Guide to the Arms Control Collection

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Guide to the Arms Control Collection

The Arms Control Collection consists of indexes, yearbooks, handbooks, bibliographies, monographs and serials dealing with arms control, disarmament, and international security. The collection does not represent all of the library's holdings on these subjects; additional materials on these subjects are available throughout libraries on campus, and the call numbers listed below will help you find materials on the shelves. In addition, the Library has a large number of electronic (e-) books and journals. E-books can be found in the Online Library Catalog and e-journals can be found in the Online Journals & Databases.


Call Numbers | Articles & Journal Databases | Directories | Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks | Bibliographies | Annuals & Yearbooks | Jane's Annuals



Call Numbers

Call numbers are groups of numbers and/or letters that classify library items by subject. Items are arranged on bookshelves by call number. The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) uses both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.









358 Air and Other Specialized Forces and Warfare; Engineering and Related Services UG622-1435 (air forces); UG1500-1530 (military astronautics)
327 International Relations JZ2-6530 
356-357 Land Forces and Warfare UD1-495 (infantry);  UE1-500 (cavalry)
623 Military and Nautical Engineering

UG1-620 (military engineering); VM595-989 (marine engineering) 

355 Military Science U1-900 
629 Other Branches of Engineering T (general engineering); TA-TN (specific branches of engineering)
359 Sea (Naval) Forces and Warfare  V1-995 (general naval science); VA-VM (specific topics within naval science)
303.6 Social Processes Conflict HM831-901 (social change); HV6430-6433.88 (terrorism)



Article & Journal Databases

Databases are structured sets of information, stored in print or online. Often, databases are online collections of journal article citations and full-text. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject heading, authors, and more.

International Political Science Abstracts.
Provides non-evaluative abstracts of political science journals from around the world. Abstracts are grouped according to broad general topics and are accessible through a subject index. Most abstracts are in English, but some are in French.

Peace Research Abstracts Journal. 1964-.
This journal contains abstracts of books, journal articles, and conference proceedings dealing with arms control, disarmament, international security, military affairs and peace issues. Includes subject and author index.

Web of Knowledge . 1955-.
An interdisciplinary index to academic literature. Identifies articles in science, social science, and arts and humanities, and the articles that cite them. Indexes the top journals in most academic fields, providing complete bibliographic information and full length author abstracts. Search for articles on a particular topic, or search for articles that have cited a known article. All of an article's references are listed and can be used to search for related articles with common citations. Composed of three databases that can be searched together or individually: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index Expanded, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index Expanded.

AccessUN. 1945-
Provides an index to documents of the United Nations including meeting records, draft resolutions, masthead documents, periodicals and sales publications going back to 1945. Also has full-text of thousands of UN documents. 




Directories are a list of organization, groups, people, places or other data systematically arranged often alphabetically or by location. 

Q.322.4203 Ex89 
Extremist Groups: Information for Students . 2 vols. 2006. (online)
This two volume set provides facts and insights into the history, philosophy, and motivations driving 150 extremist organizations. Arranged alphabetically by group name, each entry is divided into sections which include an overview, history, philosophy and tactics, leadership, key events, other perspectives, summary and sources. Some entries also contain cross-referencing to additional material. Each volume in the set also includes a list of sources consulted, a glossary and an index.

Q. 355.6212025 In81a
IHS Jane's International Defence Directory. 2013-.  
Lists suppliers of military equipment and services world-wide and procurement organizations within each defense contractor. This publication is the major directory for the international defense industry. Most recent volume in SSHEL. Earlier volumes have slightly different titles and call numbers and are available in Oak Street. 

Q. 358.8 J2531c
IHS Jane's Space Systems and Industry. 2012-.
This directory covers every aspect of the space industry. Detailed information about national space programs is provided. The bulk of the work is devoted to detailing specific pieces of equipment, providing technical information about each piece. Contact information for corporations involved in the space industry is provided. Most recent volume in SSHEL. Earlier volumes have slightly different titles and call numbers and are available in Oak Street.



Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks

Background information can be found in reference sources, online or in print, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. Dictionaries contain brief definitions, usually only a sentence or two in length. Encyclopedias provide more in-depth description, usually a few paragraphs in length. Handbooks contain descriptions that can be multiple pages and describe the development and future of a subject.


355.003 B736  
Brassey's Multilingual Military Dictionary. 1987.
This dictionary provides translations for basic terms in the military vocabulary. The languages included are: British-English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Arabic. An index in each language is provided.

Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms. (online)
Includes definitions, acronyms and abbreviations, created by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Fully searchable by definition or acronym and available to download.

355.0321 R545D  
A Dictionary of Modern Defence and Strategy. 1987.
This dictionary is not as complete as others in this category, but the definitions are much longer and more detailed. Includes a guide to abbreviations.

303.62503 T325e2004  
Dictionary of Terrorism. 2004. 2nd ed.
Begins with a list of abbreviations and acronyms. The glossary gives translations of commonly used non-English terms and words in the context of terrorism. The dictionary itself provides extensive explanation of terms, people, groups, movements often providing bibliography and suggested reading where available. Also includes a list of resources, brief historical timeline of terrorism, and index. 

956.7044203 N442h  
Historical Dictionary of the Persian Gulf War 1990-1991. 1998. 
This dictionary presents information about events, people, places, objects (Howitzer) and organizations that were related to the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91. Includes maps taken from the U.S. Department of Defense that show where the Middle East is and the disposition and movements of military forces throughout that region. Also includes a chronology of the events that begin as early as 1710 and continues after the war. Concludes with an index and appendices.

359.03 N68N 1988  
Naval Terms Dictionary. 1988.
This book is a guide to technical terminology and slang in the U.S. Navy. Acronyms are not included, except as they occur in full entries.

621.48 ST45N  
Nuclear Dictionary. 1985.
A guide to terms, events, and statistics on all aspects of nuclear weapons and nuclear war. An adequate basic reference source, but information contained should be checked with other sources for more current and detailed data.

303.603 H417t  
Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence. 2003. 
With this dictionary, Herbst aims to discuss "how language defines and deforms political reality, and its implications." Coverage includes "words used to characterize individuals, groups, or countries that commit or support acts of political violence," as well as "the related language that conveys the justifications and agendas of those involved with violence." More a collection of articles on particular words than a true dictionary, this volume contains 150 main entries, with an average length of about one page per entry, with broader topics (like "Revolution" or "Zionism") receiving multi-page treatment. Includes a lengthy general bibliography and a combined name-subject index. 

909.828 M583t2008   
Terrorism 2005-2007: A Chronology. 2008. 
Continuing a series begun in 1980, this more recent volume continues descriptions of every violent event that 1) falls under the author's definition of terrorism and 2) occurred during the years 2005-2007. Following the introduction, incidents from 2005-2007 are organized by date, followed by updates to incidents occurring from 1950-2004. An extensive bibliography, divided by topics and approaches follows. The last quarter of volume two also contains a comprehensive index section, divided into three parts, that allows the user to search the chronology based on country and date, name, or subject. Preceded by the following volumes:
909.828 M583I International Terrorism in the 1980s: A Chronology of Events. 1989.
016.303625 M583TE Terrorism, 1980-1987: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography. 1988. (Oak Street)

909.828 M583T Terrorism, 1988-1991: A Chronology of Events and a Selectively Annotated Bibliography. 1993.
909.828 M583T1997 Terrorism, 1992-1995: A Chronology of Events and a Selectively Annotated Bibliography. 1997.
909.828 M583t2002 Terrorism, 1996-2001: A Chronology. 2002. 
909.828 M583t2008 Terrorism, 2005-2007: A Chronology. 2008.

904.7 C62w    
Warfare and Armed Conflicts: A Statistical Reference to Casualty and Other Figures: 1618-1991. 1992. 1st. 
This book provides references to over 680 conflicts beginning with the thirty years war in 1618 through the U.S. involvement in the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1991. Newer editions listed below.
Q. 904.7 C62w2002 Warfare and Armed Conflicts: A Statistical Reference to Casualty and Other Figures, 1500-2000. 2001. 2nd. (Oak Street). 
Q. 904.7 C62w2008 Warfare and Armed Conflicts: A Statistical Reference to Casualty and Other Figures, 1494-2007. 2008. 3rd. (History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library). 


Arms Control: History, Theory, and Policy. 2012. (Online)
This two volume encyclopedia is broken down into broad sections of foundations of arms control and then contemporary problems and policies. Subsections cover topics of social sciences, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), historical perspectives, biographies, weapons of mass destruction, advanced technologies, and treaties. Includes a list of acronyms, glossary, and index. Each chapter has notes rather than references.

Q.355.00973 EN19  
Encyclopedia of the American Military: Studies of the History, Traditions, Policies, Institutions, and Roles of the Armed Forces in War and Peace. 3 vols. 1994. 
Traces the development of the military arts and sciences from its beginnings in English North America. The entries are closer to thematic essays than encyclopedic lists. Each essay deals with a general topic in detail.

Q.327.1203 En195  
Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence . 2 vols. 2005. (online).
This encyclopedia provides a look at the history of intelligence and counterintelligence, with an emphasis on modern times. Entries are presented on the people, organizations, and places of primary interest and are presented alphabetically. Other features of the encyclopedia include a "Timeline of Intelligence" in the first volume, and an appendix containing excerpts from the 9/11 Commission Report in the second. An index concludes each volume.

355.357 R148e  
Encyclopedia of International Peacekeeping Operations. 1999.
Provides a comprehensive reference source for information on all aspects of the theory and practice of peacekeeping in the contemporary world. A significant portion of the book provides an account of United Nations (UN) operations and also includes missions such as those conducted by Russia and the CIS territories of the former Soviet Union and the NATO-led operations in the former Yugoslavia. Context about the nature of the relevant conflict is provided to introduce the description of operations undertaken. Sources of information include the UN Department of Public Information and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Includes maps, bibliographies and a subject index.

Encyclopedia of Terrorism. 2013.
This work provides a comprehensive overview of terrorism and terrorists throughout the world. In detailed entries arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced, this volume explores the key people, events, and organizations within the subject. It also includes a chronology of terrorist events, glossaries of terrorist organizations, security force/ intelligene agency names and other terms, and an index. 

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace & Conflict . (online)
The work's declared purpose is to bring together in one place a broad range of information and perspectives on violence, peace, and conflict, in order to increase the readers' common understanding of such issues, and to promote new research, insights, and better public policies. Arranged alphabetically by subject, essays are fairly extensive and conclude with see also references, bibliography, journals and periodicals germane to the topic of the essay, and a list of internet sites that might be of interest to the researcher. Topic include military and peace sciences, social and biological studies, as well as humanities. The user's research is facilitated by a preface and guide to the encyclopedia.

305.235 Sh57e  
Encyclopedia of Youth and War: Young People as Participants and Victims. 2000.
The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) was the first time in history that civilian casualties exceeded military casualties and thus had a significant impact on children and families. This is an appropriate beginning for the Encyclopedia of Youth and War: Young People as Participants and Victims. Organized alphabetically by topic, this work's scope is wide-ranging and deals with all aspects of war as it has effected youth the world over since the end of the Renaissance. It includes an extensive bibliography and index.

Sage Encyclopedia of Terrorism. 2011. (online)
With over 400 entries, this encyclopedia covers people, places, events, organizations, and terms associated with terrorism past and present. Includes domestic and foreign terrorism. Entries suggest related terms and have brief bibliographies.

909.82 B742s  
A Study of Crisis. 1997.
This work undertakes a comparative study of 31 'protracted' conflicts, nearly 400 non-protracted conflicts, and nearly 900 state actors, covering the years 1918-1994. Part I presents the framework, which integrates the analysis of conflict at the international (system) and state (actor) levels; Part II elaborates the comparative methodology; Part III lays out summaries of the case studies, which are each assigned a number (non-running). Especially useful in Part III are the extensive cross-referencing and the Master Table of Crises, 1918-1994. In Part IV, the authors discuss seven themes in the analysis of conflict: polarity, geography, ethnicity, democracy, protracted conflict, violence, and third-party intervention. There is a bibliography for the Preface and Parts I, II, and IV, but a separate list of sources for the case study data in Part III (including general, primary, and secondary sources). Includes name and subject indexes.

Q. 363.32503 W92
World Terrorism: An Encyclopedia of Political Violence from Ancient Times to the Post-9/11 Era. 2011 
This three volume encyclopedia covers the entire history of world terrorism throughout the world and important topics related to terrorism. Volume one begins with definitions of terrorism then covers terrorism up to World War II, organized by country or continent and continues with modern terrorism from World War II to the present ending at the letter J. Volume two resumes the alphabetic list with the letter J through Z and concludes with entries on September 11 organized by topic. Volume three looks at the tactics, methods, and aims of modern terrorism and is organized by topic. Entries are brief and include a short bibliography. Useful to students and researchers of all levels.


341.409 D331992 
Border and Territorial Disputes. 3rd ed. 1992. 
Traces current border and territorial disputes world-wide. Eighty present or potential situations are studied and presented. Particularly helpful in describing historical antecedents of current disputes.

Cyber Warfare: How Conflicts in Cyberspace Are Challenging America and Changing the World. 2013 (online)
This book covers all aspects of cyber security including laws, viruses, crime, privacy, wiretapping, and the roles of governments. Relatively brief chapters discuss domestic and international issues and are useful for those interested in the private, business, or government sectors. Concludes with future issues. Has glossary, bibliography, and index.

382.456234 G51
The Global Arms Trade: A Handbook. 2010. Main Stacks
Broken down into individual essays written by academic experts, this handbook discusses topics related to the arms trade focusing on individual countries as well as broader themes. Three main sections cover arms modernization after the Cold War, the arms industry after the Cold War, and key issues in the global arms trade. Beneficial for in-depth research into the arms trade. Each chapter includes a bibliography. Lists suggested readings and an index.

The Handbook of Global Security Policy. 2014 (online)
This handbook covers a wide range of topics related to global security from cyber warfare to climate change. Four sections cover the key concepts, policy arenas, policy tools, and global security arenas. Covers domestic and international issues. Each chapter includes references.

JZ5675 .H355 2012
Handbook of Nuclear Proliferation. 2012. SSHEL Stacks
Written by research experts across the globe, this handbook provides a multinational approach to nuclear proliferation issues. Six parts cover themes, the five nuclear powers, de facto nuclear states, problem states, threshold states, and global non-proliferation regimes. Multiple countries are represented. Includes references, an index, and bibliography. Ideal for in-depth research.

International Handbook of War, Torture, and Terrorism. 2013 (online)
Broken up into 2 sections; this handbook covers national security and perspectives on torture. Chapters cover multiple countries and continents and are written by experts in the research field. Information presented is theoretical and empirical. Individual chapters include references.

National Security. 2012. (online)
Looking at all sides of the issue of national security, this book presents opposing viewpoints to the threats to national security, achieving national security, and balancing national security with civil liberties. Topics include foreign oil dependence, climate change, nuclear proliferation, wiretapping, no fly lists, choosing between freedom and security, national ID cards, and reporting stories in newspapers. Includes a brief fact page, organizations to contact, bibliography, and index.

The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence. 2010. (online).
Broken up in easy to understand chapters, this handbook covers all aspects of national security and intelligence. Chapters discuss theory, a brief history, collecting and analyzing intelligence, making data useful to the public, ethics, and a brief description of ethics in other countries. Each chapter has references.

The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies. 2010. (online)
Presents modern challenges in Asian security with a basis in history. Sections are broken up by Northeast Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and cross-regional issues. Covers national and international conflicts. Includes bibliography and index.

JZ6009.E94 R68 2013
The Routledge Handbook of European Security. 2013. International and Area Studies Library Reference 
This handbook is an excellent source for those studying the European Union, European Security, European Politics, or other security studies. Four sections include 1. EU as an international security actor, 2. institutions, instruments, and means, 3. policies, and 4. partners. Multiple countries and continents are represented. Written by experts in the research field from universities across Europe. Chapters have notes at the end. Includes a bibliography and index.

HM1111 .R68 2013
Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding. 2013. SSHEL Stacks
Written by research experts in the field, this handbook covers multiple issues relating to peacebuilding. Using examples from across the glove, this handbook’s six parts cover: peacebuilding, approaches and themes, disciplinary approaches, violence and security, everyday living, and the infrastructure of peacebuilding. Each chapter includes references. Includes an index. Ideal for in- depth research.

The War on Terror. 2012. (online)
Providing opposing viewpoints on issues surrounding terrorism and war, this book discusses the causes of terrorism, human rights and the war on terror, government responses to terrorist attacks, and the future of the war on terror. Multiple countries are discussed including Germany, India, Britain, China, and more. Includes bibliographies for each section and the book as a whole, as well as a list of organizations to contact for more information.



Bibliographies are lists of citations of books, websites, journals, articles, and other resources about a specific subject. Bibliographies can appear at the end of a book, journal, or encyclopedia article, or as a separate publication. 

016.327172 H844a (Oak Street)
The American Peace Movement: References and Resources. 1991.
This guide covers three centuries of American peace activism. Chapters provide information about the essential reference sources for topics such as Leaders and Thinkers, General Histories, Women and Peace and Peace Education. An appendix lists selected peace research organizations.

016.327174 B937A  (Main Stacks and Oak Street)
The Atomic Papers: A Citizen's Guide to Selected Books and Articles on the Bomb, the Arms Race, Nuclear Power, the Peace Movement, and Related Issues. 1984.
This book is primarily a guide to books on nuclear issues published after 1945. Journal articles from 1980 onwards are included, but the coverage is not as complete.

016.34158 F385B 
Bibliography on International Peacekeeping. 1992.
Selectively annotated bibliography of more than 1100 entries from books, reports and journals on international peace-keeping since the creation of the United Nations in 1945-46. Includes subject and author indexes and a list of relevant journals and yearbooks.

016.327174 B937N  (Main Stacks)
The Nuclear Present: A Guide to Recent Books on Nuclear War, Weapons, the Peace Movement, and Related Issues, with a Chronology of Nuclear Events, 1789-1991. 1992.
This work updates the Atomic Papers bibliography. It primarily focuses on books published after 1984, although some materials overlooked by the earlier bibliography are included. The chronology is extensive.

016.327172 C236P  (Oak Street)
Peace and War: A Guide to Bibliographies. 1983.
An annotated bibliography of bibliographies. Covers materials from 1785 through 1980. Arranged by subject categories.



Annuals & Yearbooks

Almanacs are a compilation of useful data and statistics relating to countries, personalities, events, and subjects. Yearbooks are an annual compilation of facts and statistics on a particular subject for the preceding year.

355.033573 Am351 (Main Stacks)
Brassey's Mershon American Defense Annual. 1995-1997-. 
Studies all aspects of the U.S. defense establishment. The annual also includes appendices containing a defense chronology, a summary of U.S. defense commitments and an annotated bibliography of defense literature. Preceded by: 
355.033573 Am35. American Defense Annual. 1985-1994. (Main Stacks)

The Military Balance. 1961-. (online)
International Institute for Strategic Studies. Military power and defense expenditures for countries worldwide are covered in this annual, quantitative assessment. Quantities of equipment and personnel are provided in detail. Published by the IISS, this is the definitive source of its type.

341.67 St6  (Current year on SSHEL)
SIPRI Yearbook. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 1968-.
Provides an analysis of recent trends in military expenditures and an account of attempts at arms control and disarmament. Arms production and the worldwide arms industry are documented.

The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook. Centre for Disarmament Affairs. 1976-. (online)
Contains a review of the main developments and negotiations in the field of disarmament. A brief history of major issues is included. Relevant United Nations documents and resolutions are reproduced.

909.828 B736  (Main Stacks)
War Annual. 1986-1997.
Provides information on every war taking place within the year of publication. Each war's background, direction, conduct, and possible conclusion are analyzed and supported with the most up-to-date information available. Includes maps and illustrations.

336.39Si9 W  (Oak Street) 
World Military and Social Expenditures. 1976-1996. 
This report compares world spending priorities. Expenditures on areas such as public health and education are contrasted with the budget for military expenditures.



Jane's Annuals

The Jane's Information Group publishes a number of reference books which detail all types of weapon systems and military equipment. Each entry contains the vital statistics of the item, background and in most cases line drawings and/or photographs. These books are industry standards. 

The most recent volume is located in SSHEL. Earlier volumes are available in Oak Street.  Newer editions may have updated titles and call numbers.  The date range shown matches the current title, but not necessarily when the publication began. See online catalog record for previous titles and call numbers. 

Q.629.105 AL1 
IHS Jane's All the World's Aircraft. Development and Production. 2012-.

Q.358.18 J253 
Jane's Armour and Artillery.1983-2012.

Q.623.043 J2541 
IHS Jane's Flight Avionics. 2012-. 

IHS Jane's Fighting Ships. 2012-.

Q.623.4 J2521 
IHS Jane's Infantry Weapons. 2013-.

Q.358.414028 J2531 
Jane's Land-Based Air Defense. 1989-2012.

Q.355.85 J253 
Jane's Military Communications. 1985-2012.

Q.358.18 J25321b  
Jane's Land Warfare Platforms. Logistics, Support and Unmanned. 2014-.

Q.358.8 J2531c 
IHS Jane's Space Systems and Industry. 2012-.

Q. 358.8 J2531b
Jane's Space Systems and Industry. 2012-.